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Quality Cancer Care, Seven Locations

Quality cancer care services from Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center are now available at seven convenient locations across the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Patient Story: Charlie Tuttle

Baylor quickly cleared a blocked artery and saved my life.
- Charlie Tuttle

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Patient Story: Matt Kieffer

I was having some trouble breathing...and my heart stopped for two minutes. Baylor literally saved my life.

Patient Story: Richard Bauer

"With my Crohn's disease pain gone, life is great again."

Healthier Recipes for Your Holiday

Healthier Recipes for Your Holiday

Try These Healthy Twists on Your Holiday Favorites

The holiday season is known for family, friends and food. If you're trying to maintain healthy eating habits, it doesn't mean you have to miss out. You can still enjoy the fun and food of the season while eating healthy. Start a new holiday tradition this year with these healthy twists on your favorite holiday foods.

Soups and Salads


Autumn Salad

Broccoli and Walnut Salad

Roasted Winter Squash Soup


Main Dishes


Cornish Hens with Ginger Plum Stuffing

Roast Turkey With Cranberry Orange Glaze

Tender & Healthier Holiday Turkey


Side Dishes


Apple Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

Fruity Acorn Squash Bake

Garlic Whipped Potatoes


Lighter Green Bean Casserole

Roasted Vegetables

Skinny Mashed Potatoes



Chocolate Heart Cookies

Cranberry Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze

Fruit Crisp


Pumpkin Almond Cheesecake

Pumpkin and Cranberry Gift Loaves

Tasty Pumpkin Pie



Cookie Dough Dip

Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Fudge

Whole-Grain Party Mix


Healthy Holiday Recipes

Trying to eat healthy while still enjoying the holiday season? Find healthy twists on your favorite holiday recipes on our HealthSource Library.

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Tips for a Successful Quit Smoking Day

Tips for a Successful Quit Smoking Day

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You've done your homework, made your plan, tossed out all your cigarettes and now the big day is here. It's day one of your plan to quit smoking. You've probably heard that nicotine withdrawal is unpleasant and that most people need to quit several times before they reach their goal. But if you can make it through this first day and this first week, when nicotine withdrawal symptoms are at their worst, you will be on your way to success.

One of the most important things you can do right now is remind the people around you that today is the day you are quitting cigarettes and ask for their help. This might mean asking some people not to smoke around you, so that you aren't tempted to give in to a craving.

How you might feel today

You may have a range of nicotine withdrawal symptoms today or during this first week. It's not unusual to have 4 or more of these reactions:

  • Cravings for cigarettes (nicotine)

  • Anger

  • Frustration

  • Irritability

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Weight gain

  • Increased appetite

You can reduce these symptoms by using nicotine replacement products. These products can help relieve some of the symptoms so that you can focus on the emotional aspects of quitting. They can also increase your likelihood of successfully quitting. Some of these products are over-the-counter (gum, patches, lozenges) while others need a prescription (inhalers, nasal sprays). If you use an over-the-counter product, be sure you are using the appropriate strength based on your smoking history. If your healthcare provider has prescribed nicotine replacement products, be sure to use them as directed to help relieve symptoms. If he or she suggested antidepressants, which are sometimes helpful, make sure you understand how and when exactly to take them.

Getting through tough moments

Here are no-cost or low-cost strategies for meeting today's challenges:

  • Plan a new morning ritual. If smoking was a big part of how you started every day, create new positive habits, like making a healthy breakfast from scratch. Ideally, the activity should last an hour or more. It should keep you busy and distracted.

  • Plan activities. Schedule activities that you enjoy (but that you don't associate with smoking) to stay occupied and avoid feelings of boredom or frustration. It's OK to bribe yourself a little bit, too. Reward yourself after you get through the afternoon without a cigarette by going to the movies or getting a manicure.

  • Lean on others for support. Ask friends and family to help motivate you. Reach out to support groups available both in person and online. Don't be afraid to contact them. You want to create a network of cheerleaders who will keep you on track.

  • Drive differently. If you smoked in your car — on your way to work or just the supermarket, for example — you might need to change your route, listen to new music, or find another way to drive without smoking. You might even consider joining a carpool or taking a train to shake up your daily commute.

  • Get physical. Taking a walk or jog or engaging in any kind of physical activity that you really like can reduce feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, and stress that are often part of nicotine withdrawal.

  • Fiddle. If you enjoyed the feeling of a cigarette in your hand, find a small object, like a paperclip, pencil, or even a squishy stress ball, that you can play with instead.

  • Keep your mouth busy. Try chewing sugar-free gum, sucking on hard candy, or snacking on fruits and veggies whenever you get a craving. Have all these choices handy at all times.

  • Take a deep breath. Do deep breathing exercises as often as you need them to relieve stress. Every time you exhale, remind yourself that the urge to smoke will pass.

  • Seek out smoke-free distractions. Take advantage of public smoking bans by enjoying smoke-free places in your community. Savor the fresh air filling your lungs.

  • Create a plan to manage triggers. You probably have favorite times and places to smoke or certain stressful (but predictable) events that cause you to want to light up. Plan your day so that you avoid as many of your trigger situations as possible. Have a substitute activity you can do when a trigger is unavoidable, like drinking a glass of water rather than smoking during scheduled coffee breaks.

  • Cut back on alcohol. Not only does alcohol weaken your determination to follow a number of healthy lifestyle choices, it also often acts as a trigger for smoking. In particular, avoid any specific drinks you used to enjoy with a cigarette.

  • Distract yourself. If you find you have time on your hands, keep those hands busy with an interesting book or magazine to read or a puzzle to solve.

  • Know key contacts. If you have a weak moment, get encouragement so that you do not reach for a cigarette. Call a friend, a loved one, the American Lung Association helpline (800-548-8252), or the National Cancer Institute helpline (877-448-7848).

Quit Smoking Tips

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Improve your health today by kicking your tobacco habit. Use these tips for a successful quit smoking day.

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Patient Story: Robin Berger

"Baylor was stronger than lung cancer."

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Patient Story: Michelle Berndt

"Thanks to Baylor, I beat breast cancer."

Healthy Summer Recipes for the Grill

What better way to end a day of summer fun than grilling out? Let us help you fire up your grill with healthy meals this summer.

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Patient Story: Karen McKinzie

Anterior hip replacement got me back on my feet.

Patient Story: Gordon Barr

"When I tell the yoga instructors that I had my hip replaced 15 months ago, they're shocked and surprised."

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Stroke Quiz

Know the signs and symptoms of stroke? Take our quiz.

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Know Your Heart

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans today. Find out more about your risk factors by taking our heart disease risk assessment.

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Women's Health Guide

Know the steps women can take for good health by visiting our Woman's Guide to Good Health and Well-Being.

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Healthy Recipes for Better Nutrition

Give your diet a nutritional tune-up with our recipe library.

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Stay Safe in the Sun

When it comes to sunscreen, you have a lot of choices. UVA? UVB? Waterpoof? SPF 30? How do you pick the right one? Find out the details on choosing a sunscreen for your family.

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Patient Story: Robert Barsamian

"The staff at the diabetes center were just great. My life has blossomed in a completely different way."

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HealthSource Library

Find health answers, interactive tools, videos, recipes and much more. View our HealthSource Library to get helpful health information all in one place.

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Free Men's Health Event

Guys, it's time to get your health in check. Join us for It's a Guy Thing Saturday, June 22, at locations across the Metroplex. You'll get free health screenings, information and more.

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Sports Concussions

Learn the signs of a concussion and when to see the doctor.

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Advanced Imaging Services

Advanced imaging is the key to diagnosing a health problem and to start the healing process. We offer comprehensive imaging services at convenient locations across the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Largest Outpatient Cancer Center in North Texas

As the largest outpatient cancer center in North Texas, Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, support, education and research for cancer patients and their families.

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Consumer Choice Award

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas earned the 2011/2012 Consumer Choice Award by the National Research Corporation (NRC) for the Dallas region.

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Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

Making Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

The millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases can benefit from making healthy choices in their day-to-day lives.

Follow a healthy diet

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Making healthier food choices will help your body get the nutrients it needs without all the unnecessary calories.

Eating a nutritious diet is a proven way to reduce the risk for heart disease. These are the elements of a heart-healthy diet (amounts listed are for adults):

  • Eat 2 cups fresh fruits and 2-1/2 to 3 cups vegetables every day.

  • Limit saturated and trans fats by using olive oil or other vegetable oils instead of butter or margarine. Consume less than 10% of calories per day from saturated fats. Remember also to limit the total fat intake to less than 30% of your daily calories.

  • Eat more chicken and fish and less red meat. Avoid processed meats which are loaded with preservatives, sodium, and sugars.

  • Eat 6 to 8 ounces of grains, of which at least half should be from whole-grain bread and cereal.

  • Limit or eliminate fast foods, which are often loaded with salt, sugar and fats. Consume less than 10% of calories per day from added sugars. For a 2000 calorie per day diet in active individuals, less than 10% of daily calorie intake is equal to 200 calories a day or 50 grams of sugar in one day. If you keep a food diary, you can see that this adds up fast as sugar is often substituted for fat to add flavor.

  • If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. That means no more than 2 drinks a day if you're a man, 1 if you're a woman.

  • Limit your salt and sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day. 

  • Get the equivalent of 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk or dairy products (or soy, rice, or almond milk for people who can’t tolerate lactose) every day. Milk and milk alternatives should have 130 calories or less per 8 fluid oz. 

Exercise more

Regular exercise keeps your heart and the rest of your body in shape. These are ways to add more activity to your life:

  • Check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program if you've been sedentary or have a chronic disease.

  • Start slowly and increase your activity gradually to at least 30 to 40 minutes of moderate to high intensity activities, 4 to 5 days a week. You can do this by taking a brisk walk.

  • Do weight training and stretching exercises 2 or more times per week that will work all major muscle groups.

Stop smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. Here's how to live smoke-free:

  • Decide to quit and set a quit date. If you fail, try again. Successful quitters often tried many times before they were able to quit.

  • Ask your healthcare provider for information about aids lo help you stop smoking like a nicotine patch or inhaler, medicines, and a counseling or support program.

Learn to relax

Constant anger and stress can damage your heart. Try these suggestions to better cope with life's pressures:

  • Try to be positive instead of negative in your outlook on life.

  • Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and breathe deeply.

  • Take time for yourself each day. Read a book, listen to music, or enjoy a hobby.

Monitor your health

Take charge when it comes to your heart's health. To do so, work with your healthcare provider to reduce your heart disease risk by following up with him or her for treatment for high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Heart Disease Prevention

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country. While you can't control some risk factors, such as family history or age, you can take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Five Steps to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Setting the Pace in Heart Care

When it comes to treating heart disease, Baylor Health Care System is setting the pace. Our innovative diagnostic tools, treatments and educational programs provide you with advanced heart health care.

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Thinking About Weight Loss Surgery?

Get the facts about weight loss surgery. Find a FREE seminar near you to get answers to common questions.

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Innovations Through Cancer Research

Baylor Health Care System is committed to innovation in the treatment of cancer. Learn more about our pioneering cancer research.

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Know the Signs of Stroke

Strokes can and do occur at any age, and rapid treatment is key. Be sure you know how to recognize the signs of stroke.

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Living with Back Pain?

If you're suffering with back pain, it's time to reclaim your life. Baylor Health Care System offers a full range of treatment options.

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One of the Nation's Largest Transplant Centers

Together transplant services at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas make one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country.

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Schedule Your Mammogram

When was your last mammogram? Women over the age of 40 should have a mammogram annually. Make time for this life-saving screening today.

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Joint Replacement

Our specialized orthopedic services offer advanced techniques in joint replacement to get you back on your feet faster.

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Don't Fight Cancer Alone

Understanding your cancer diagnosis and options can be overwhelming. We're here to support you through every step of your treatment.

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